Jasson Urbach & Donald Roberts | 27 Feb 2014 | Forbes
In recent dramatic and often unequivocal headlines—such as with this BBC article—"DDT: Pesticide linked to Alzheimer's—news agencies across the globe have been promoting claims that the insecticide DDT may cause Alzheimer's. This is not the first time that DDT has been linked to causing some or another ailment, and probably won't be the last. But stastically distant "links"—what scientists call correlation—is just not sufficient evidence of a cause-effect relationship, and that presents a challenge to journalists who make scientific claims based on preliminary studies.
Ever since Rachel Carson's 1962 Silent Spring, DDT has been alleged to cause obesity, diabetes, autism, and so forth. In fact, DDT has been accused of causing almost every human malady imaginable, and practically every such claim has garnered newspaper headlines. In a classic case, in 1983, one small scale study led to widespread media reports that DDE, a breakdown product of DDT, was a cause of breast cancer. It was a false alarm. Eight years later a much larger study found, in fact, that DDE was not a cause of breast cancer-yet this far more credible study garnerd almost no media coverage, and so the false perception largely remains
Jasson Urbach | 23 Jan 2014 | The Observer (Uganda)
It is hard to know where to begin in responding to Ellady Muyambi's piece, DDT is not our solution for malaria, that ran in The Observer of January 12, 2014.
Jasson Urbach | 08 Nov 2013 | Business Day (South Africa)
In Southern Africa, the malaria season typically begins with the summer rains in November and ends in April. In this region, the co-ordination of malaria control efforts between neighbouring states has dramatically reduced the incidence of malaria.
Jasson Urbach | 02 Sep 2013 | Guardian's Global Development Professionals Network'
The once highly successful malaria treatments, chloroquine and sulphadoxine pyrimethamine (SP), are seldom recommended to treat malaria thanks to resistance.
Jasson Urbach | 24 Jul 2013 | Africa Fighting Malaria
Africa Fighting Malaria director, Jasson Urbach, has written a letter to the editor of The Independent - Uganda, in response to Ellady Muyambi's opinion piece "DDT use not good for Uganda" (05 Jul. 2013).
Jasson Urbach | 23 May 2013 | Business Day (South Africa)
If environmentalists get their way, one of the key weapons in the fight against malaria will be banned before any real alternative is available, with devastating effects.
Jasson Urbach | 05 Apr 2013 | Health Policy Unit
Substantial stocks of the insecticide DDT on the ocean floor off Los Angeles have all but vanished.
Richard Tren | 05 Mar 2013 | Wall Street Journal
In January, the European Commission advised the EU not to use neonicotinoids, a relatively new class of agricultural insecticides.
Lindsay Brooke-Nottingham | 27 Feb 2013 | Futurity.org
Disabling a unique signalling protein puts the brakes on the life cycle of the malaria parasite, a new study reports.
Jasson Urbach | 15 Jan 2013 | Africa Fighting Malaria
It may be tempting to think that higher temperatures will lead to more mosquitoes and therefore to more malaria...